Xamax did a good job last time out on the road to Lausanne when they managed to took a point in a 1:1 draw, despite being underestimated by the bookie’s side.
After a conceded goal in the 25th, the guests managed to respond with an equalizer over Dominguez only eight minutes later and successfully kept their goal safe till the end, despite having a player less in the last ten minutes.
Xamax is at 9th spot in the general rankings, having only three points more than relegation-placed Chiasso.
The hosts will miss right-back Gomes (25/1) due to injury, as well as central midfielder Rodriguez (2/0) and forward Koura (8/0). Midfielder Beloko (15/0) is suspended for this one.
Den Haag positively surprised in the last away match against favored Zwolle, as they took a close 0:1 victory, thus keeping their chances for survival in Eredivisie.
They took an early lead in the 12th minute over Adekanye and appeared dangerous in transition for the rest of the clash. Zwolle, on the other hand, failed to be creative despite having the ball to its feet, leaving the guests with a much-needed three points in this one.
Den Haag is in the last place in the rankings, but with two matches ahead, they have enough room to compensate for the deficit they had compared to the safely-placed Willem II.
The hosts will miss central-backs Janmaat (3/0), Bijen (6/0), Del Fabro (19/0), Amofa (6/0), but also midfielders Kishna (16/0), Mokhtar (8/0), and Elmkies (9/0).
Cagliari did a good job in the last round on the road against Benevento, as they come with a much-needed 1:3 victory.
They opened the match in the best way possible, scoring their first one already in the 1st minute, but overly looking, the hosts were a better side during the first part, and deservedly equalized in the 16th minute.
The second half was a bit different story, as even though a balanced play was seen, the guests appeared sharper at the finishing, scoring two more in the 64th and in the third minute of added time, and have every reason to approach the upcoming clash with positive thoughts.
Cagliari is currently in 16th spot in the general rankings, four points ahead of relegation worried Benevento.
The Red Devils did a good job in the last round on the road to Aston Villa when they took all three in the 1:3 victory.
They went on a break with a 1:0 deficit but appeared much sharper with the ball in the continuation, completely reversing the result to their favor with goals over Fernandes, Greenwood, and Cavani, thus outplaying Aston Villa than honestly didn’t have any realistic chance for something more in this one.
Manchester Utd is at 2nd spot in the general rankings, ten points in deficit compared to the leading Citizens.
The hosts will miss forward Martial (22/4), offensive midfielder James (14/3) and central defender Maguire (34/2) due to injuries.
Chievo finally appeared more confident in their last clash on the road to Enttela, ending their four matches winless streak with a 1:3 victory.
The guests conceded early in the 1st minute, but recovered quickly, scoring two before the first part ended. They used the momentum to its full potential, being able to score one more time in the early phase of the second part, and brought this match to an end without any major difficulties.
Chievo is positioned at the 7th spot in the general rankings, having the imperative of victory if they wanna grab that play-off leading spot.
Offensive midfielder Ciciretti (29/3) should be out injured for the hosts.
Eintracht couldn’t do much in the last round against Leverkusen when they suffered a 3:1 defeat, playing away from their home.
The guests allowed themselves to be outplayed in the offense, showing very little creativity with their time with the ball. They somehow survived the first part but were not in a position to stop the hosts from scoring three in the continuation, while they themselves only managed to score once in the 90th over Silva.
Eintracht still holds the Champions League-leading 4th position before the start of this round but will need a victory here in order to remain in the race.
Central defender Ndicka (21/2) is suspended. The hosts also miss injured midfielder Toure (16/0) and offensive Ache (5/0).
Wolfsburg failed to be more creative in the last round against Dortmund, as they suffered a 0:2 defeat, playing back at their home stadium.
They conceded early in the 12th minute, while had a great chance for a comeback here, as they gained a numerical advantage since 59th. However, their passivity cost them points, and with another one conceded, again over Halland in the 68th, suffered a loss in a match where more was expected from their side.
Currently, they are at 3rd spot in the standings, being in a must-win situation, as several teams are in a position to threaten them.
The hosts miss injured offensive midfielder Steffen (21/5), while doubtful are left-back Otavio (20/0), defensive midfielder Guilavogui (18/0) and offensive midfielder Mehmedi (18/0).
Lens managed to be somewhat competitive last time out on the road against PSG, but they still suffered a 2:1 loss.
They were outplayed during the first sixty minutes of play, as they conceded two goals in that period, but their offense looked better and better as the match moved towards the end.
The guests reduced over Ganago right after they conceded their second one, but unfortunately for them, not being in a position to do something more in this one.
Lens is currently at 5th spot in the rankings, but they need to on alert as both Marseille and Rennes are in a position to threaten them.
Left-back Sylla (20/1) is suspended, while injured is also left-back Haidara (24/2). Central-back Diallo (25/0) should be out injured too.
Benfica did a good job in their last match on the road against Tondela when they recorded a routine 0:2 victory.
The Eagles opened the match more aggressively, taking the double lead with goals over Pizzi in the 12th and Everton in the 19th minute. Logically, they opted for a less risky approach in the second and kept their advantage till the end without any major difficulties.
Benfica holds 3rd spot in the general rankings, being only four points in deficit compared to their opponents in the upcoming match.
The hosts miss miss right-backs Almeida (4/0), Ferreira (2/0), and defensive midfielder Samaris (6/0). Out should also be offensive midfielder Taarabt (23/0) and forward Nunez (25/6) set as doubtful for now.
Sparta is coming to this MOL Cup match after a 2:2 draw last time out in 1. Liga when they clashed against Liberec in an away match.
The guests showed great determination, as they managed to recover from a 2:0 deficit which they had after fifty-one minutes of play. Karlsson scored a fantastic goal in the 67th, followed by Hlozek in the 68th, but didn’t use the momentum in the best way possible, as they failed to completely reverse the result, probably deserving more in that one.
Nevertheless, this was a valuable point, as Sparta is currently at 3rd spot in the rankings, having only three points less than the Champions League positioned Jablonec.